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Cuomo signs bill closing privacy loophole

Aug 03, 2014 12:02 am
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Aug. 1 closing a privacy law loophole to ensure that people who have had their image broadcasted without their consent will have a course of action under the law. Individuals will now be charged with unlawful surveillance in the second degree if they use a device to view, broadcast, or record another person engaged in sexual conduct without their consent, regardless of whether that other person's sexual parts were broadcast or not. Prior to this amendment, charges could only be brought against an individual if sexual parts were shown in the picture. The law passed both houses of the legislature as S1982C and A2053C, respectively. New York State Senator David Carlucci, a sponsor of the bill, said, "The Internet should not be a tool to humiliate or exploit others. With the rapid advancement of new technology, we need a 21st Century approach to our outdated surveillance laws. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing our unlawful surveillance bill into law today. This new law will deter individuals from using the Internet as a vehicle to humiliate or exploit others.”
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